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Bulker attacked off Nigeria

A bulk carrier controlled by Paris Dragnis’s Goldenport was attacked in the Gulf of Guinea yesterday morning. The Sofia was en route from Lagos to Libreville when the incident happened in the Bayelsa region, an increasingly common place for ship attacks to take place.

The bulker was attacked by seven armed men who fired shots from a skiff. The Greek ship increased speed and commenced evasive manouvers. A number of the crew headed to the ship’s citadel. After around 40 minutes the pursuing assailants gave up. No crew were injured although the ship did suffer some bullet damage and is now at anchorage in Nigeria being checked over.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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